Dhoni Vs Pandya IPL 2023 Final CSK vs GT: MS Dhoni will face the 8th captain in the IPL final. Earlier, he has played finals against 7 captains.
IPL 2023 Final CSK vs GT: The final match of the world’s biggest T20 league i.e. IPL will be played on June 28 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad from 7.30 pm Indian time. After playing 70 league matches, two qualifiers and one eliminator this season, CSK and Gujarat Titans have reached the finals. Now the eyes of cricket fans around the world are fixed on MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya whether they will be able to make their respective teams champions.
This season is even more special for MS Dhoni because if he wins, he will become the captain of his team to become the champion for the most number of times and equal Rohit Sharma. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya’s team is the defending champion and they will try to defend their title against CSK.
MS Dhoni will play the final match against the 8th captain
MS Dhoni has been playing in this league since 2008 i.e. from the first season of IPL and out of 16 seasons, he has been the captain of CSK in 14 seasons. In 14 seasons, CSK’s team has reached the final 10 times and every time this team has played in the final under the captaincy of Dhoni. MS Dhoni will now look to win the title against the 8th captain in the final.
Before Hardik Pandya, Dhoni has clashed with captains like Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar, Daniel Vettori, Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Kane Williamson, Eoin Morgan in IPL finals to win the title. Hardik Pandya will be the eighth captain against whom Dhoni will play the final. In IPL, Dhoni has played against Rohit Sharma three times as captain.
MS Dhoni’s opposition captain in IPL final
Shane Warne in 2008
Sachin Tendulkar in 2010
Daniel Vettori in 2011
Gautam Gambhir in 2012
Rohit Sharma in 2013
Rohit Sharma in 2015
Kane Williamson in 2018
Rohit Sharma in 2019
Eoin Morgan in 2021
Hardik Pandya in 2023
Will Gujarat be able to defend the IPL title?
The Gujarat team is showing amazing game, but the big question is whether Hardik Pandya’s team will be able to defend their title this time as they face Chennai Super Kings. CSK defeated Gujarat in the first qualifier and Gujarat had to play the second qualifier against Mumbai Indians to reach the final. By the way, if Gujarat wins the title in this season too, then it will become the third IPL team after CSK and Mumbai to win the title for the second time in a row. Earlier, CSK won the title consecutively in the year 2010-11 while Mumbai Indians in 2019-20.